Sen. Al Franken, Democrat from Minnesota, told his CNN host Jake Tapper in a recent “State of the Union” interview that it’s not just his political party members who question President Donald Trump’s mental fitness to govern – it’s some Republicans, as well.
Franken didn’t name names.
But during the interview, he told Tapper yes indeed, he was serious when he told Bill Maher on HBO that some in the GOP “will say [Trump’s] not right mentally,” Business Insider reported.
Others will offer up even “harsher” assessments of Trump’s mental health, Franken continued.
“It’s not the majority of them,” he said. “It’s a few.”
His statements come as Trump has spoken out publicly about voter fraud as the possible reason he lost three million or so votes to Hillary Clinton. Specifically, Trump said in a meeting with senators a few days ago that it’s quite possible illegal immigrants and others voting illegally in November fueled his losses in states like California and New Hampshire.
Franken told Tapper it’s such claims that have made Democrats shake their heads in wonder – and, he said, Republicans, too.
“We all have this suspicion that he lies a lot,” Franken said, Business Insider reported. “He says things that aren’t true. That’s the same as lying, I guess. [Trump says] three million to five million people voted illegally. … That is not the norm for a president of the United States or, actually, for a human being.”
Just Sunday, Trump’s adviser Stephen Miller insisted the White House had evidence of voter fraud occurring this past November.
“The White House has provided enormous evidence,” Miller said then.
And Trump, on Twitter, gave the thumbs-up to Miller’s remarks.
Congratulations Stephen Miller- on representing me this morning on the various Sunday morning shows. Great job!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2017
“Congratulatoins Stephen Miller on representing me this morning on the various Sunday morning shows,” Trump wrote. “Great job!”
Franken has in recent days become a familiar face in the media. His grilling on Capitol Hill of Trump’s executive nominees, including that of Sen. Jeff Sessions, who was confirmed for his lead State Department role, has been widely watched – and criticized by the right.
From Business Insider:
“Franken’s political prospects have become the subject of fascination among many Washington pundits, as he’s emerged as a critic of Trump’s cabinet nominees and policies.
“Outlets including the Washington Post and the National Journal last week both published op-eds touting the Minnesota senator’s potential strengths in a hypothetical presidential matchup with Trump, citing his history as a comedian and appeal to white voters who backed Trump over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential campaign.
“Other outlets like CBS News and the New Republic suggested that Franken’s viral grilling of Trump’s cabinet nominees showed he could be a powerful force in the Democratic party.
“Many Democratic strategists and staffers have privately speculated about Franken’s prospects, but aren’t certain of his intentions.”